Nesting, purging and house prepping!

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Yet another bag of grass seed on the lawn, sprinkler running after dark for a cool soak and I’ve been diligently purging my book shelves.  Making room and making way!  Getting things ship shape for a ship off!

I had folks ask what to do to prep their home for sale- and, frankly, with thirty days notice, it’s zero fun.  If you’re thinking of selling a few months down the line (or, next year), it’s nice to get ahead of the power curve and start to trim the fat around the homestead as well as chipping away at the monumental to-do list.

A great place to start is closets, book cases, attic storage and your garage.  The more you can part with and send off to the Goodwill or Salvation Army (or family and friends) the more room you have to work and you certainly don’t want prospective buyers or renters seeing that you’re maxed out in your own home.  Even if it’s an illusion, the more spacious and organized you can make your home, the more pleasant it will look to future occupants.

Next is make a master list of repair projects and things that may have had neglected maintenance.  Is your fence, siding, roof in need of repair?  Could your flower beds use some attention?  I happen to have two roofing contractors showing up within the next few days.  Somehow, renovating/prepping a home is like the children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  If you paint your fence, you’ll realize the grass looks to be in rough shape, you weed and fertilize the grass and reseed and notice it accentuates your new siding but then makes the roof look terrible. . .it snowballs.

The more time you have to prepare, the less rushed you will be and the better you can keep you eyes peeled for great deals or sales for your projects.  I needed, for instance, six new globes for the white ceiling fans on my porch.  I had my master to-do/shopping list in my purse when I stumbled upon a pile of clearance goodies at Wal Mart (granted, NOT my favorite store).  I picked up some completely fine (read:not my fave but certainly got the job done) glass globes for maybe a fifth of what the local hardware store was charging.  Will they light you on fire, nah, but no one will look at them and wonder what I was thinking when I picked them up either.

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!  Same goes for your home.  So, short and sweet- the sooner you can start the better, shop smart and try to view your home the way a customer would.  Clean, organized and in great repair will never steer you wrong! 🙂

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